The latest one of the Panerai models from the Radiomir 1940 collection displays the recognizable style of the brand. It is placed inside a large housing of distinctive Radiomir 1940 type of barrel shape which was in this instance made of zirconium oxide, a modern material with astounding properties. It features a minimalistic sandwich-type of dial and it is driven by proprietary hand-wound P.3000 caliber with three days of power reserve. The watch retails at the price of $11,200.
As it is customary for Paneria timekeepers, the newcomer features a striking and clearly recognizable appearance. Its ceramic case is made in matte black shade due to the use of the mentioned zirconium oxide that guarantees much greater scratch-resistance and the overall resilience of the construction than it is the case with the traditionally used materials. This ceramic material is used for the front of the case and the fixed bezel.
The rear section of the housing which includes a quite substantial opening made from smoked sapphire is made of hypoallergenic titanium which was additionally treated with black DLC coating in order to match the color of the rest of the housing. The construction of the housing allows it to be water resistant to 100 meters.
Naturally, the front crystal that covers the black face of the Panerai newcomer is also made of sapphire. When it comes to the appearance of the dial, it is the specific trait that gives the piece the familiar minimalistic looks. It includes just a few basic details.
The hour positions are represented by bar and dot-shaped markers which are, like two central hands, made in the distinctive ecru shade. Each of these is covered in a luminous coating with a green glow which is notable in the dark. The only other visible detail on the face of the watch with the reference number PAM00577 is the relief that depicts Siluro a Lenta Corsa of the human torpedo, a historic submarine vessel that denotes the military origin of the collection which was originally made for the Italian navy.
Arguably, the watch is much prettier once it is turned to the rear side with exposed section, since it allows the view to its in-house P.3000 caliber. The manually-wound movement was made completely in the brand’s facilities in Neuchatel.
The caliber is quite large with the diameter of 16 ½ lignes (which determines that the case size is quite big as well) and features the unusually substantial large balance wheel with variable inertia which is 13.2 mm wide. The balance wheel includes external adjusting screws, which is the trait that enables much easier adjustment of its rate.
The structure of the entire movement is typical for the brand, it resembles a three-quarter plate movements and includes two bridges of different sizes (one of them is larger and the other one is smaller) which completely cover mechanical parts. These bridges are affixed to the base-plate by the means of large screws, which makes the entire structure quite rigid.
Moreover, Caliber P.3000 integrates 21 jewels and includes two barrels which are mounted in series and which are responsible for its power storage that lasts for three entire days. Despite its notable width, the movement comprised of 160 parts is just 5.3 mm thick. It also features Incablock anti-shock device.
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Ceramica piece is paired with a hand-sewn calf leather strap with contrasting stitching. It is available in beige and dark brown shades. The attachment locks with a trapezoidal buckle which is, just like the case-back, made of titanium with black DLC coating.